By KARO JESSE
THE Papua New Guinea Civil and Identity Registry (PNGCIR) office received K100,000 from Usino-Bundi MP Jimmy Uguro yesterday.
The money was part of K172,000 pledged by Uguro to fund a civil and identity project for the people of his electorate.
Acting registrar-general of PNGCIR Noel Mobiha said funding would help fast-track the registration of the Usino-Bundi people.
Mobiha said there were 4,000 names and data for Madang province waiting to be entered into the system for processing.
During the presentation of the cheque, Uguro explained that he planned to register everyone in his district.
“The money is part of the support my administration is giving to the CIR office to help in supporting the activities of the registration in terms of administration support and transport,” Uguro said.
“As long as I am the member, I will ensure that every person in all three LLGs of Usino-Bundi district are registered.
“NID should find a way to roll out this project in this three LLGs to register everybody.
“The importance of having a National Identification Card (NID) is that it helps locals to participate in business, get a passport and also for other things which require your identity it will give you easy access to government (services).”
Mobiha added that transport was the biggest challenge the PNGCIR team was facing.
He said the PNGCIR was using the shutdown period to get over with its backlog of 400,000 data to be entered for processing and another 100,000 data still on approval.
“This data is nationwide, once we produce the NID cards with the birth certificates, we’ll distribute to respective provinces,” Mobiha said.
By KARO JESSE